One executive said the Publicis Groupe agency opted to focus on other opportunities. Fallon declined to comment.
The remaining contenders -- Interpublic Group of Cos.' Campbell-Ewald, Warren, Mich., and sibling Martin Agency, Richmond, Va.; independent Wieden & Kennedy, Portland, Ore.; Omnicom Group's Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco, and sibling GSD&M, Austin, Texas; Havas' Arnold Worldwide, Boston, and Maxxcom's Crispin Porter Bogusky, Miami -- are expected to present for the business this week.
Separately, Fallon Worldwide named Lisa Seward, media director at Fallon, Minneapolis, to be North American media director, responsible for the agency's Minneapolis and New York offices.
Mary Gerzema, media director at Fallon in New York, is joining Interpublic's Universal McCann, New York, as a group account head for food and beverage accounts.